What is Quinoa (keen-wah)?... I talk about it here.
The first thing the husband said when I told him what we were having was that if this becomes a regular meal, we'll have to come up with a shorter name - how about The Bacon Salad :)
I have to say, although it SOUNDED absolutely amazing, it left me a little underwhelmed (except for when I hit a piece of bacon). I'm not giving up on it yet, though. If I make it again, there are a few things that I would want to change. Below is the recipe with my comments. Note that this recipe makes enough for 4-6 people without my suggested changes - we'll be eating off of this for a few days at least!
- 1 cup quinoa, rinsed - this made a LOT of quinoa. I wondered if maybe he meant 1 cup COOKED quinoa - in the future, I would halve this to make the spinach more of the focus. Also, make it with chicken broth instead of water for more flavor
- 4 slices bacon, cut into 1 inch pieces - I used smoked - it turned out well
- 1 cup red onion, sliced - I use Vidalia, it's what I had on hand... I prefer them anyway
- 4 ounces mushrooms, sliced - I had 8 oz so I just threw all of them :)
- 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1 small clove garlic, grated
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 (6 ounce) package baby spinach
- 1 (19 ounce) can white beans, drained and rinsed
- 1/4 cup mild blue cheese, crumbled - We used Feta... Goat cheese may also work
(My modified) Directions
- Cook 1/2 cup dry quinoa as directed on the package - use chicken broth for more flavor!
- Meanwhile, cook the bacon in a pan. Save the grease, mmmm delicious
- Caramelize the onions and mushrooms in the remaining bacon grease for about 20 minutes - scoop into a separate bowl and set aside.
- Add the vinegar to the pan and deglaze it.
- Mix in the sugar, mustard, garlic and season with salt and pepper.
- Add the spinach and white beans and cook until the spinach wilts
- Mix in the bacon, onions and mushrooms, and quinoa
- Serve garnished with cheese of your choice